Season's first Spare the Air Day called for Tuesday


As a heat wave moves into the Bay Area, the summer's first Spare the Air Day has been called for Tuesday.

Temperatures are expected to climb into the triple digits this week and little wind is forecasted, so smog levels are expected to reach unhealthy levels.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is asking residents to avoid driving alone on Tuesday and instead walk, bike, carpool or take public transit to cut down on pollution from vehicle exhaust.

In addition, residents are advised to avoid physical activity during the hottest parts of the day. Smog can lead to throat irritation, congestion, chest pain, asthma attacks and can worsen bronchitis or emphysema, according to the air district.

More information about Spare the Air alerts are available at

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by BreatheIn
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 28, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Just a reminder that Menlo Park's city ordinances prohibit the use of gas-powered leaf blowers on Spare the Air days (as well as weekends). Please spread the word.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Jul 28, 2015 at 5:27 pm

I'm glad the PC police reminded me it's a spare the air day I was getting ready to set up my fireplace.

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Posted by Lotta Lung
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jul 28, 2015 at 10:58 pm

Snark is wasted on people with asthma and other lung conditions.

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Posted by Water
a resident of another community
on Jul 30, 2015 at 6:59 pm

Water is a registered user.

No, it's not, Lotta. One of my COPD relatives just laughed until he nearly coughed at Resident's comment.

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Posted by Wheezer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 31, 2015 at 8:00 am

Water, Wouldn't take much to make him cough if he's got COPD now would it? In fact, are you sure he wasn't sitting outside when he read the comment?

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